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Howard Hughes was a deeply secretive and enigmatic figure, and Martin Scorsese attempted to cover his biography in the 2004 film: The Aviator. It’s a troubled film, much like the man himself, but I think it’s actually on the better side of things.
0:25 – Bugsy: https://youtu.be/4nhlqQ5qFf8
1:15 – Las Vegas history: https://youtu.be/AyQtQogodYw
3:00 – limits of film accuracy: https://youtu.be/Ek88jgEsXgA
20:45 – limits of film accuracy: https://youtu.be/Ek88jgEsXgA
Donald L. Barlett, Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness (New York: W.W. Norton, 2004). https://amzn.to/2zkgIFG
Geoff Schumacher, Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia, and Palace Intrigue (Las Vegas, Nev.: Stephens Press, 2008). https://amzn.to/35KO2SA
Howard Hughes: The Man and The Madness, directed by Nick Millard, 1999, https://youtu.be/-ea5gIYfRH4
David Courtwright, “Film Review: The Aviator,” _Journal of American History_ (December 2005): 1092-1094, reprinted here: https://teachinghistory.org/nhec-blog/25061
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Wiki: The Aviator is a 2004 epic biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by John Logan. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes, Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn, and Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner. The supporting cast features Ian Holm, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law as Errol Flynn, Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow, Kelli Garner as Faith Domergue, Matt Ross, Willem Dafoe, Alan Alda, and Edward Herrmann.
Howard Robard Hughes Jr. (September 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was an American business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot, engineer, film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world. He first became prominent as a film producer, and then as an influential figure in the aviation industry. Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle—oddities that were caused in part by his worsening obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain from a near-fatal plane crash, and increasing deafness.
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